FOXTALESS Songs, pictures and lyrics from the life of one extraordinary fox A book and CD created by children from across the United Kingdom together with: Music Russell Hepplewhite Illustrations Neil Irish Words Tim Yealland
With special thanks to
Russell Hepplewhite Neil Irish Words Tim Yealland Graphic Design Joana Monteiro Music
Producer Tim Yealland Organisation Alexa Print
Steve Burnett Russell Hepplewhite Cello Rebecca Hewes Flute Michael Hsin-en Liu Percussion Scott Lumsdaine Trombone Miguel Tantos Clarinet / Bassoon Keyboard
Dan Gareh,York Street Music
Jan Allen, Julie Allen, Helen Baker, Joรฃo Bicker, Sally Burlingham, Rebecca Crowsley, Rupert Derham, Elaine Elliott, Clare Field, Heather Gosney, Stephanie Gothard, Sally Groves, Sally Hope, Clare Hoskins, Joseph Karaviotis, Dominic Kraemer, Alison Ling, Little Angel Theatre Company, Carrie Maynard, Liz Mazzola, Claire McCusker, Zoltรกn Molnรกr, Ted Morris, James Morison, Alana Mullen, Ursula Owen, Suki Powar, Genevieve Raghu, Roald Dahl Museum, Lisa Rudd, Holly Sayer, Sue Selwood, Donald Sturrock, Elizabeth Stuttard, Nick Sullivan, Geraldine Teer, Robin Turner, Stuart Vaughan, Anna Vrahimi, Julie Ward
08. The Itchy Twitchy Song Child’s Hill School, Cricklewood, London 10. The Mole St Patrick’s Primary School, Holywood, Northern Ireland 12. Beware of the Poacher North Elmham VC Primary School, Norfolk 14. The Stream St Luke’s Primary School, Cambridge 16. FOX 1 St Andrews C of E Primary School, Crawley, West Sussex 18. The Fox Cross Code Biggin C of E Primary School, Biggin, Derbyshire 20. Fox School Arbury Primary School, Cambridge 22. Song to the Moon Norwich High School for Girls, Norfolk 24. Fox Trap Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon 26. If You Can’t Get to Sleep Whitemoor Community Primary School, St Austell, Cornwall 28. The Tightrope Burbage Primary School, Buxton, Derbyshire 30. The Trifle Tower All Saints CEVA Primary School, Laxfield, Suffolk 32. The North Pole St Andrews C of E Primary School, Crawley, West Sussex 34. The African Dream Knockmore Primary School, Lisburn, Northern Ireland 36. A Parliament of Foxes Archbishop Benson School, Truro, Cornwall 38. Sensational Fox Rockmount Primary School, Croydon, London 40. The Leprechaun All Saints CEVA Primary School, Laxfield, Suffolk 42. A Fox at the Fair St Nicholas C of E Junior School, Sidmouth, Devon 44. Up the Ladder Winchcombe Abbey C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire 46. Hyper Fox Woden Primary School, Wolverhampton, West Midlands 48. Dangercubs East Park Junior School, Wolverhampton, West Midlands 50. Laika the Spacedog Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
This book contains words, images and a CD of songs based on the life of one amazing fox. It was created by children from primary schools across England and Northern Ireland. Children from the schools also performed on stage in English Touring Opera’s professional production of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox in 2011, an opera based on Roald Dahl’s famous story. The stories, lyrics and pictures in this book were invented by the children, with help from the professional creative team. The songs on the CD were sung and recorded by the children from each class, who were sometimes joined by other classes as well. The fox is an animal of legend, known to us in town and country. Its humour and intelligence, and its reputation as a rogue, make it perfect for creating new stories. Foxtales is the story of one fox, and charts its journey through life: from school to parliament, to the Trifle Tower (via a tightrope across the channel), and finally into space. Imagine where our fox might go next!
The Itchy Twitchy Song Childs Hill Primary School, Cricklewood, London
If you sit on the wall near the river: If you cling to the spire of a church: If you hang out by the shop in the town Or look through the railings of a fence
You will itch, You will twitch, You will itch, you will twitch, You will itch, you will sniff for a meal.
If you catch a juicy chicken and meet another fox, Put that chicken inside your box.
You will itch for a Sunday dinner, You will twitch for a lovely barbecue, You will wish you were somewhere where it’s hot, And not in a place where it’s not, 8
You will itch, You will twitch, You will itch, you will twitch, You will itch, you will hunt. If you catch a juicy rabbit and meet another fox, Put that rabbit inside your box.
The Mole St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Holywood, Belfast
There’s a mole stuck in a hole. Hello Mole, can I help you at all? You want to get out? I could use my teeth to pull you out Would that help at all? Where did he go, that juicy mole? Oh no! I’ve swallowed him whole, That tasty plump mole: His nose and eyes, his hands and feet. What a way to meet! 10
There was a mole stuck in a hole. Sorry Mole, didn’t help you at all: You tried to get out And I used my teeth to pull you out I didn’t help at all, I didn’t help at all.
FOXTALES Songs from the life of an extraordinary fox
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Written and performed by children from classes across the United Kingdom with the help of Composer Russell Hepplewhite writer Tim Yealland 01. The Itchy Twitchy Song 02. The Mole 03. Beware of the Poacher 04. The Stream 05. FOX 1 06. The Fox Cross Code 07. Fox School 08. Song to the Moon 09. Fox Trap 10. If You Can’t Get to Sleep 11. The Tightrope
12. The Trifle Tower 13. The North Pole 14. The African Dream 15. A Parliament of Foxes 16. Sensational Fox 17. The Leprechaun 18. A Fox at the Fair 19. Up the Ladder 20. Hyper Fox 21. Dangercubs 22. Laika the Spacedog
22 classes from primary schools across England and Northern Ireland took part in the production of the words and images in this book, and the songs on the CD it contains. Foxtales is the story of one fox, and charts its amazing journey through life: from school to parliament, to the Trifle Tower (via a tightrope across the channel), and finally into space.
Foxtales is the story of one fox, and charts its amazing journey through life; from school to parliament, to the Trifle Tower (via a tightro...